Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics by Jonathan Wilson

Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics

Inverting The Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson is a must-read book for any soccer fan. The book chronicles the evolution of soccer tactics and the lives of the coaching geniuses who helped to pioneer them. The book dives into the roots of the games as they evolved in countries throughout the world and how each area added their own features to the game.

This book is a great read for anyone trying to come at football from an intellectual mindset. Wilson does a great job of explaining the early development of the sports and how duties came to be tied to positions on the field, and then how those duties came to be have evolved with the sport over time. The author also goes in-depth on each country’s national style and how they developed over time with a big focus on England. Wilson goes into the directness and physicality of England’s style, and how they have failed to learn any lessons from the game over the years.

Wilson did an excellent job on the research during the writing of this book and goes into depth on matches that took place all the way back in 1890. He also makes some intelligent connections between a football team’s style of play and the contemporary political system and economic condition of the country they played in. Wilson takes an almost scientific approach to his analysis of tactics which is what makes this a must-read for any footie fan.

Jonathan Wilson Soccer Books

Behind the Curtain: Football in Eastern Europe (2006) Shop at Amazon
Sunderland: A Club Transformed (2007) Shop at Amazon
Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics (2008) Shop at Amazon
The Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches (2010) Shop at Amazon
Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography (2012) Shop at Amazon
The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper (2013) Shop at Amazon
The Anatomy of Liverpool: A History in Ten Matches (2014) Shop at Amazon
How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever (2016) Shop at Amazon
The Anatomy of Manchester United: A History in Ten Matches (2017) Shop at Amazon
The Barcelona Inheritance: The Evolution of Winning Soccer Tactics from Cruyff to Guardiola (2018) Shop at Amazon
The Names Heard Long Ago: How the Golden Age of Hungarian Soccer Shaped the Modern Game (2019) Shop at Amazon

About the Author

Jonathan Wilson has written multiple books, but Inverting the Pyramid is the one that won him the NSC Football Book of the Year in 2009 and the Premio Antonio Ghirelli prize as Italian soccer book of the year in 2013. In addition to his writing, Wilson is the founder and editor of the soccer quarterly The Blizzard. He also writes for The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, and World Soccer. In 2012, he was voted as the Football Writer of the Year by the Football Supporters Federation.

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Inverting The Pyramid Podcats

Football Weekly Extra with Jonathan Wilson: The author joins the podcast to talk about his early memories of football, why his games of Subbuteo took much longer than they should, how he got his first break in writing and how Inverting The Pyramid has changed his life.

Total Soccer Show: A fun podcast that is focused on analyzing soccer and explaining how and why things happen on and off the field. The show is a solid mix analysis and silliness.